Northstate rice farmers struggle to grow crops as drought persists
Dry, cracked rice fields can be seen driving along Interstate 5 in Glenn and Colusa counties. This year has been more than challenging for farmers as California continues its third consecutive year of extreme drought conditions. KRCR spoke to fourth generation farmer Chris Johnson on Monday about not being able to plant crop due to lower water allocation from the Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District (GCID). Chris Johnson’s farms would only receive an allotment of 7% from the GCID with an agreement that the water might not even be enough to finish the year.
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